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NUM: Support for Numsa waning within Cosatu

NUM says the crowd people who protested outside Cosatu House on Friday don’t represent the majority.

FILE: Supporters of Numsa. Picture: Twitter, @Radio702.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it believes support for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is waning from within Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

The NUM says the union leaders calling for its reinstatement are only factions.

The seven affiliates will today announce their plans to get Numsa back into Cosatu after it was expelled by the federation's central committee late last year.

Numsa was voted out of the trade union federation by 33 votes to 24 and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

Eight of Numsa's allies in Cosatu subsequently refused to take part in the federation's meetings and have warned that if the metalworkers do not return to the fold, a mass walkout is on the cards.

The NUM claims the crowd of about 100 people who protested outside Cosatu house on Friday do not represent the view of the majority of unions.

The mineworkers' Peter Bailey explains.

"The remainder of the unions who still want the special national congress is six, but those who handed over the memorandum, are disillusioned members and outvoted leaders in the provinces."

Meanwhile, the metalworkers union is due to will launch its United Front this year.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the majority of South Africans are imprisoned by the pathological violence of private accumulation and greed.

He said the United Front will lead the fight against neo-liberalism in order to rebuild South Africa into the country it can be.